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A letter from Luta and Jeremy Garbat-Welch serving in Malawi
September 2014 - First Steps
Our first few months in Malawi have taught us several important skills for making this our home. One such skill is "How to Find a House to Rent."
Step 1: Decide which parts of town you want to live in. Since you are new to town, are not yet comfortable with driving a new vehicle on the other side of the road, and cannot figure out which robots (a.k.a. traffic lights) to obey and which to ignore, we recommend a guide to help show you around.
Step 2: Work your social network. The best way to find a house is to know the people who know people who heard of a house for rent. Networking occurs in the now, so be sure to allow plenty of time because the network gets activated as you go to visit houses, not before. This is a problem if you are new to the country, don't speak Chichewa, can't get people to understand your English, and don't have a social network. We recommend having a helpful guide.
Step 3: If you've exhausted your network, find an agent. The agents who operate in a manner most familiar to Americans ask for exorbitant rates, so you will want to use a community agent with a wide social network. Make sure you know their expected commission. We recommend having a helpful guide.Continue reading
A letter from César Carhuachín serving in Colombia
September 2014 - Students' Struggles
Hi brothers and sisters in the U.S.:
Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus! Barranquilla (and the coastal area) finally received rain! We had not had rain for over eight months and that wasn’t good for the fields and farmer workers. On Sunday, August 24, and Wednesday, August 27, and Thursday, August 28, we had a little rain, and then on Friday the 29th we had a ton of rain—very well received by many people.
In this situation of lack of rain, our ecumenical partner, the Presbyterian Church of Colombia (PCC) through the Coastal Presbytery, the American School and the Reformed University of Colombia was leading a campaign called “Pasa a la Guajira y ayudanos” (“Come over to Guajira and help us” —cp. Acts 16:9). In this campaign the PCC was collecting gallons of water and non-perishable food to help one of the regions most affected by the lack of rain, the Department of the Guajira. This campaign shows me how our ecumenical partner does God’s mission, showing the Christ’s love to the most vulnerable people in this situation.Continue reading
A letter from Marta Bennett serving in Kenya
September 7, 2014 - Officially Accredited!
We got it! After an arduous year of working on multiple major documents, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, several of us as representatives from International Leadership University (ILU) were officially presented with a “Letter of Interim Authority” (LIA) from Kenya’s Commission for University Education (CUE)! The ceremony took place at the Commission’s boardroom, for us along with one other university. We are now officially accredited as a degree-granting university in Kenya, under all the new laws!
As a bit of history: ILU was formerly known as Nairobi International School of Theology (NIST), since the early 1980s, and was the first graduate school in theology to be accredited by ACTEA (Accreditation Council for Theological Education in Africa). In 1985 the Kenyan government formed a Commission to accredit higher education schools and programs in the country, and NIST was officially registered as an institution that was in operation before the Commission began its work. All was well, but things began changing. A movement began that now requires all universities to be chartered (officially accredited by the government) in order to operate in the country. Some mission-founded schools were closed down for having no Kenyan legal status. In the move toward quality higher education, standards have continued to be raised, which is a positive trend, but this has presented a great challenge for smaller institutions like ours that have prioritized the teaching and relationships due to limited resources and needy students, rather than state-of-the art facilities. The staff is small and resources are limited, but lives are being transformed and empowered. Now, to be able to continue to teach and train, all schools are required to be in compliance with all regulations.Continue reading
A letter from Al Smith serving in Germany/Russia
September 2014 - Partnering in a Bible Camp
I include here an excerpt of a letter that we recently received from our colleague Andrey in Kursk, Russia.
God bless you for your work, for your love for my people, for your prayers for my Roma. It is spring again and my group is back on the road carrying the word about the salvation of Christ. From March 10 to March 17 I was able to travel to the Rostov region, to the cities of Shakhty and Novoshakhtinsk. There, four years ago, two Christian groups were formed. A “spirit of deception” worked its way into one of these groups and many brothers and sisters were deceived. Brother Vadim, who has been serving this group from the very beginning, has put a lot of work into these groups, caring for every member. But the temptations and pleasures of this world work their ways into the families of my Roma and they fall by the wayside. But as soon as they come to their senses, they understand their sorry situation and turn in prayer to God. Just like the people of Israel.Continue reading
A letter from Jodi McGill serving in Malawi
September 2014 - Signs of Progress
Time flies! Somehow we have now lived in the northern region of Malawi for over 20 years. During those years we have witnessed many improvements in the life of Malawians and increasing opportunities for more individuals. These changes in Malawian lives have led to significant changes in our roles as co-workers with our partner, the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia.
When I reflect on those 20 years, I feel as if I should produce a litany of accomplishments, and maybe if pushed I could give a few. However, each year as my responsibilities within the health, nursing, and education work of the Synod are being ably performed by Malawian nationals, my roles and contributions are more a case of being with others as they carry out the work, being an ambassador and bridge to churches and individuals who are praying and listening to how they can walk alongside the work of the Church. There are now more trained nurses who are the clinical supervisors for the nursing students, the secondary school scholarship fund is integrated within the Synod’s Education program, and it has been a few years since I have been directly involved with any of the activities of the Synod’s Health Office. The changes are not only wonderful from a development context, but also due to some special learning needs we find ourselves as a family in need of pursuing homeschooling for a couple of our children—so these improvements allow me to take on that role for this academic year.Continue reading
A letter from Rich Hansen in the U.S., ending service in Ethiopia
August 2014 - the impact of a seminary
As we shared in our July newsletter, Marilyn and I completed four years of ministry with the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST) in May. We returned to the U.S. in June and officially finished our service with PC(USA) World Mission at the end of August. What a pleasure it has been to have all of you share this great adventure with us the past four years!
Our next chapter began this past week when I assumed the position of Interim Senior Pastor for First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, Mo. We believe this congregation is an excellent fit for our gifts and experience, and we are looking forward to living in this vibrant college town (the University of Missouri). Since we both grew up in the Midwest (Marilyn in Iowa, I in Nebraska), it will be interesting after 35 years to be Midwesterners againContinue reading
A letter from Nancy Smith-Mather in the U.S., serving in South Sudan
September 1014 - Delay in Peace, Delay in Return
"Whole! Whole!" he says with enthusiasm. Jordan wants me to sing "God's Got the Whole World in His Hands" again. This song has become a nightly ritual. Jordan can’t wait to hear me name the people he loves, and then add the refrain “in God’s hands.” Sometimes “Elmo,” “milk,” and “feet” get added in by request, and often we end with, “God’s got all people in God’s hands.”
The message of the song calms my anxious spirit every time I sing it; perhaps that is why God nudges Jordan to shout, “Whole! Whole!” It is wonderful to be reminded that I, my family, and friends are all in God’s loving hands. The reality that all the people of South Sudan are also in God’s trustworthy hands helps quench my longing to be present there. While I would like to try to offer some comfort to our South Sudanese friends in the midst of tragic circumstances, I know God is the most hope-filled, powerful and capable “Person” to accompany anyone, and God is always present in South Sudan.Continue reading
A letter from Chenoa Stock in Bolivia
September 2014 - Interpretation Assignment Announcement
Saludos calurosos (warm greetings) from the almost springtime of Bolivia! A change is upon us and I will not hold back my joy. I am no longer wearing three layers to bed at night, I can work in the office without wearing my fingerless gloves, and I can walk around my house without wearing a hood. A springtime transition, indeed.
I, for one, am excited about the months ahead amidst this seasonal transition and for the months of work that have brought us to this point, both locally and internationally, with our presbytery partners. As a mission co-worker, my calling takes me to walk with our global partners ‘far’ away. But every once in a while I am called back and asked to share their stories with those ‘near’ neighbors of churches, friends and family. With YOU! You who support us so willingly and openly with your correspondences, contributions, and prayers for safety, strength and encouragement.Continue reading
A letter from Kay Day in Rwanda
September 2014 - Two Contrasting Countries
Dear Family and Friends,
Greetings from Rwanda. I have just returned from a three-week vacation in Malawi, so this is a different kind of letter, not filled with what God is doing in ministry but a few observations from time away.
Even as we flew into Lilongwe, Malawi, I was struck by the open expanses of the countryside, compared to Rwanda. Two factors account for this. First, Rwanda is the land of a thousand hills. Most of the country is hilly and homes and farming are constructed on hillsides. That alone gives a feeling of being enclosed and nestled into the countryside. Malawi has open plains with short shrubs and small trees in much of the central and southern region. Second, a population issue. Rwanda is one-third the size of Malawi and yet has a population of 11 million compared to Malawi’s 14 million. Of necessity, people live closer together. These differences were reinforced as I rode with my friend Sam Ncozana into the capital of Lilongwe. I had just left Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, driving through tightly populated neighborhoods with iron-roofed houses lining well finished tarmac roads, with curbs and street lights. The drive into Lilongwe was much longer and the road, with chipped edges, meandered through open fields and past thatched-roofed houses with goats grazing along the road. Even the cities are different, with Kigali boasting new high-rise buildings that house the markets and shops while Lilongwe is afforded the space for low, sprawling buildings and open-air markets. Kigali is a new city because of the need for reconstruction after the fighting during the genocide. Lilongwe is an old city that is expanding, growing around what exists. Rwanda’s motorcycle taxis dominate travel, while pedal bikes and pedestrians carrying bundles on their heads take the forefront in Malawi. I was back to the more rustic setting that was so familiar for many years.Continue reading
A letter from Liz Searles in Romania
September 2014 - Learning Center Opens
It's back-to-school time and we at NOROC (New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children) have a short break from nonstop summer camps, excursions and activities to communicate and give thanks.
One BIG news item is the opening of our new Learning Center in a small three-room apartment near the big Tulcea orphanage, Speranta. Thanks to a Texas individual donor, the Louise Covington Learning Center is open with two staff members for about four hours each day. Kids of all ages come to read new books, do crafts, work on the computers, do learning activities, etc. The place is a-BUZZ !!
The Learning Center has transformed NOROC’s ministry and deepened life skills and educational programs. Kids can sign out, drop in, and work on ongoing craft and computer projects in a safe, quiet environment. And they can read new books and have access to a whole new world of fun and learning. There is no TV.Continue reading
A letter from Karla Koll in Costa Rica
August 2014 - The World Comes to Costa Rica
In July the world came to the Latin American Biblical University (UBL). The Global Institute of Theology (GIT), a program of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), brought theology students and professors from 16 countries together on our campus in Costa Rica for three weeks of classes focused on the theme "Transforming Mission, Church and Community.” The GIT, which was first held in Ghana in 2004, seeks to train new leadership for Reformed churches around the world with an ecumenical vision and a commitment to social justice.
I was one of several faculty members of the UBL who were asked to teach an elective course for the GIT. The 11 students who took the course I led on Christian mission and Latin America brought questions from their own contexts. Sally from Indonesia was curious about how Latin Americans do contextual theology in a context where the majority of people are Christians. In her country contextual theology has to be done in conversation with Islam, which is the dominant religious group. Pulak from India, where the churches are embracing aspects of Indian cultures, asked how Christians from different cultures in Latin America incorporate elements from their own cultures into the lives of their churches. As they learned about mission thought and practice in Latin America the GIT students helped me see the context in which I serve with new eyes.Continue reading
Thank You and Your Family for serving God by taking His word so far from Your Home.
God is doing his work and using us a tools in other nations.during my working here in Athens i observed that there are many oppertunities to share the Gospel massage with other those do not know Jesus and we can bring them to Jesus Christ.Please prayer for me that i'm a very littel to that God is using me here in Athens Greece. God bless you.